Five Of France's Best Train Journeys

Five Of France's Best Train Journeys
Little Yellow Train travelling in winter, in Mont-Louis, Pyrenees-Orientales, France. Credit: Shutterstock

It is simple to get to remote areas of this diverse, rich country because of its excellent rail system

Kartikeya Shankar
January 18 , 2023
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Are you fond of taking train journeys? The green landscapes, wheat and maize fields, and quaint railway stations–each having a story of its own–all have a different charm. And if you have travelled a fair deal across India, it's time to head out. Thus, here are five of France's best train journeys.

Swallow Railway In The Jura Mountains
Mountains and valleys are prevalent in the eastern Jura area of France. It is similar to Canada, with its giant trees and meandering roads. However, this area is rich in history, particularly for being the birthplace of renowned microbiologist Louis Pasteur. A unique railway travels along what is known as the "Swallow Line" to navigate this rugged terrain. It is 120 km long, passes through 36 tunnels and 21 viaducts, and provides breathtaking vistas.


Travel Between Nîmes And Le Grau-Du-Roi
The stunning tiny Camargue in the South-East is traversed by trains travelling from Nimes, formerly a significant Roman stronghold, to the beach town of Le Grau-du-Roi. Admire the defences built around the city of Aigues-Mortes in the thirteenth century, and make sure not to miss the flocks of pink flamingos on the marshy plains. Between October and November, the fauna in the Gard region is exceptionally breathtaking.

The Paris-Mulhouse Railway

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This well-known railway, which formerly operated between Paris and Switzerland in the nineteenth century, will take you on a remarkable journey across eastern France. You will be astounded by the variety of scenery, including the historic Chaumont bridge with its 50 arches and three levels, the historic industrial buildings close to Troyes, the series of locks along the canals, and more.

The Line Between Libourne And Bergerac
South-west France's Purple Périgord is traversed by this railroad. Sit back and take in the picturesque hillside villages, vineyards, and brilliant chestnut forests. During your journey, you could also see the Château du Pintey (Castle of the Pintey) located over a river.

The "Yellow Train" In The Pyrénées-Orientales
The Little Yellow Train travels between Villefranche de Conflent, 50 kilometres from Perpignan, and Latour de Carol, located high in the Pyrenees, not far from Puigcerda, Spain. The segment of the route from the beginning in Villefranche up to the little hamlet and ski resort of Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via is the most breathtaking. The route climbs up through woods, chasms, and gushing streams as it clutches the Tet Valley. Passengers are treated to spectacular views of the rugged mountainous environment, including towns and two medieval fortifications.

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